Weather Update: Extreme heat, fire dangers expected

2016-12-05 16:33
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Cape Town - South Africans can strap in for another scorcher of a day on Tuesday, 6 December, as the South African Weather Service warns of extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the extreme western parts of the Free State and North West, the Northern Cape, western and central interior of the Eastern Cape, the southern parts of the Breede Valley, Karoo regions and eastern interior of the Western Cape. 

Across these areas, the SA Weather Service of extremely hot conditions, in which the hot and dry weather will create extremely uncomfortable conditions, especially over the central and Little Karoo of the Western Cape. 

Severe thunderstorms are also possible over the north and north-western parts of the Free State and central parts of the North West, extreme southern parts of Gauteng, extreme western and southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape. 

A 60% chance of rain has been forecast for the area, while a 30% chance of rain can be expected in the surrounding areas. 

Rainfall will continue in the areas on Wednesday, the South African Weather Service forecasts. 

On Tuesday, maximum temperatures will be cool over the eastern interior, otherwise warm but hot to very hot over the southern parts. Extremely hot conditions are expected over the western interior. 

On Tuesday, Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 29°C, Pretoria will reach a hot maximum of 30°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will also peak at 31°C.  

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Along the coast, Cape Town will reach a scorching high of 25°C. Both Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 29°C.  

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